Another meeting for the group developing a draft plan for the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. San Luis Obispo county supervisors Debbie Arnold is not a member of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency committee, but she attended the meeting yesterday afternoon along with about 50 other interested people.
Groundwater sustainability was the subject of another in a series of meetings held at Paso Robles library conference room. Supervisor Debbie Arnold says the north county needs to protect it’s groundwater basin. Presenter/facilitator Derek Williams and San Luis Obispo county’s Courtney Howard described chapters 9 and 10 of the draft plan for the Paso Robles groundwater basin.
During public comment several local residents addressed the committee of north county elected officials. Those elected officials include Paso Robles city councilman John Hamon and supervisor John Peschong. Cody Ferguson of rural Paso Robles said his well has gone up 10-12 feet this winter because of all the rain. Ferguson said that open ponds should be banned, because they allow too much water to evaporate. “cover the ponds or use tanks. There are a lot of people who will sell you a water tank.” Ferguson also says that the city of Paso Robles is wrong to allow the construction of more houses, hotels and short term rentals until the water plan is developed.